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Inspiring, Preparing and Supporting Next Generation Manufacturing and Engineering Talent

Enhancing Manufacturing and Engineering Talent

The SME PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) initiative directly enhances the manufacturing and engineering talent pipeline by partnering with industry to develop manufacturing and engineering programs in high schools across the country, providing modern equipment, tailored curriculum, and a hands-on training experience to students and educators.

SME PRIME high school students acquire knowledge, technical skills and have the opportunity to earn credentials while learning in a hands-on environment that prepares them for career pathways like CNC machining, welding, mechatronics, industrial maintenance, metrology and more.

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What is a PRIME School?

What is an SME PRIME School?

Advanced manufacturing is high-tech, innovative and dynamic. We work to address perceptions of manufacturing and to inspire students to pursue paths in new, innovative, manufacturing careers. SME PRIME students also learn critical soft skills such as communications, problem-solving and teamwork.
How Companies Can Get Involved

How Companies Can Get Involved

SME PRIME gives your enterprise a direct connection to a generation of qualified and able employees. You can assist, support and influence the development of a trained future workforce tailored to meet your business growth needs.
Working with Educators to Establish PRIME Schools

Working with Educators to Establish SME PRIME Schools

Qualified, committed educators are critical to successful inspiration and preparation of high school students for skilled career opportunities in manufacturing. Educators are key in the SME PRIME consultative model of training and development for current and future advanced manufacturing workforce demands.

SME PRIME Schools Are Everywhere!

SME PRIME's growing network reaches 47 communities in 22 states across the country: There's a good chance there's one in your area. See where all of our schools are located and how your school can become involved.

SME PRIME Highlights

Read highlights that showcase SME PRIME schools and the support they receive from local manufacturing investors.